Thursday, June 29, 2017
Catholic churches all over the world are usually open to the public and all are welcome to participate in Church services. The Catholic Church has had a long tradition of accepting anyone to membership and its religious services without regard to color or race, age or sex. It sends missionaries to all corners of the world to share the Good News of Jesus.
Paul, well-schooled in Jewish traditions, had been an ardent persecutor of the early Church. He witnessed the martyrdom of the first martyr St. Stephen. Struck down from his horse and made blind, he became the zealous Apostle to the Gentiles.
Sts. Peter and Paul were the original pillars of the Church who moved the Church to become the universal Church that it is today. Both died as martyrs in Rome in witness to their faith in Jesus about thirty years after the death of Jesus: Peter crucified upside down where the St. Peter's Basilica stands; Paul martyred by the sword where St. Paul's Basilica is.Peter, a fisherman called by Jesus himself, was the first Bishop of Rome and head of the Church. Starting with Jews as the first disciples of Christ and the first members of the Church, the Church soon spread to the Gentiles and the world, under the leadership of Paul, a former persecutor of the Church.
Though God had chosen a particular people to prepare for the Messiah and to receive the Good News, God's Good News was meant for all mankind of all times and places.
These two pillars of the Church had their distinct personalities and gifts. Peter was fiery and impetuous. Though he vowed he was willing to die for Jesus, he betrayed him three times before simple servant-maids. After the resurrection, Peter re-affirmed his love and devotion to the Lord who gave him charge of his Church.
Sts. Peter and Paul remind us of our own failures and deficiencies and challenge us with their zeal and love of the Lord and of his Church. God calls each of us to be instruments in proclaiming the Good News to the world. We ask them to pray for us that we may live in true love and faithful service of the Lord and his Church.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
This small Custody has nine fraternities in the three countries, and about thirty brothers, including Polish missionaries and one from the United States. In general it can be said that fraternal life and the life of prayer goes along well in almost all fraternities; The Custodian and his Council closely accompany the brothers, animation is guaranteed.
Formators are committed and identified with their mission. In the Custody they have all the formative stages, including the common novitiate with the Custody of Central America South. Work has been done on vocation ministry but much more could be done, it requires the commitment of all the brothers and not just those in charge.
Mostly dedicated to parish ministry, the brothers do dedicate themselves to presenting our lives directly, they are in agreement with their apostolates, not forgetting the need to offer our lives, to think about the future and to carry out a pastoral work that responds to the concerns of the youth.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Bishop Thomas Dabre of Bassein Diocese visited and had lunch with us in the Curia....he has ordained many Capuchins of our Province and a good friend of the Capuchins......he is a Theologian and has been a professor in Pune for number of years......
Before we departed from Monterosso...a photo with Fr. Renato....
Mr.Michael from my place....celebrated his 70th birthday here in Rome....we dinned with him in an Indian restaurant
All of us somehow pass judgments on others, whether verbalized or simply in our minds. We are fond of comparing people with ourselves and with others.
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us not to make judgments on others; and, if we do, to be ready to be judged in the same measure we judge others.
As a matter of right only God may judge other people. In God's greatness and goodness, he forgives rather than judges.
In the Gospel story about the woman caught in adultery, the Jewish leaders wanted to see what Jesus would do. Rather than judge and punish her, Jesus wisely says, "Let anyone among you who has no sin be the first to throw a stone at her." One by one the accusers went away, starting with the elders. (Jn 8:1- 11)It takes personal good will, effort and prayer to avoid making hasty judgments on others. Let us look at the example of Jesus who inspires us with his wisdom and mercy, who shows love and kindness to all.